On Jan. 26, 1985, John Fogerty’s Centerfield entered the Billboard Top Pop Albums chart at #49. This was Fogerty’s first solo album in 10 years (his third solo LP since leaving Creedence Clearwater Revival). The album would shoot to #1.
Fogerty was back in a very big way. The LP’s first single, “Old Man Down the Road,” became a Top 10 hit. The second single “Big Train from Memphis” only appeared on the country music charts in the US and Canada.
“Rock and Roll Girls,” the third single, is classic Fogerty — a minimal rock ‘n’ roll mix with Fogerty’s heartfelt crooning. The song went to #20 on the Billboard Hot 100. http://youtu.be/qUDGu5tRPjA
Centerfield was the recording which generated several lawsuits for John Fogerty involving Saul Zaentz, the founder of Fantasy Records. You can read more about the album and the ensuing legal tangles on my Nov 7th post.